The Toronto Blue Jays' lefty, Yusei Kikuchi, had six solid innings. Kikuchi started the game vs. the Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre on May 16th. Toronto's batters backed Kikuchi with home runs of Bichette and Chapman in the first two innings. The left-hander walked three and struck out six, commanding his four-seam fastball with 97.1 mph and slider. The 30-year-old pitcher allowed only one hit over six frames to beat his former team and improved to 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA.
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels was his high school, Hanamaki Higashi high school junior. He played for eight seasons in NPB before starting his MLB career with the Seattle Mariners in 2019 and made his big league debut as a starting pitcher in the game against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome, Japan, on March 21st of the same year. The game was a farewell match of an MLB legend, Ichiro Suzuki. Kikuchi joined Toronto with a three-year contract in March.
(MLB No.176 KAISPO No.1185)
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